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Underwater Bellydance

November 16th, 2012 16 comments

I love doing underwater photoshoots – always a challenge but the results are worth it! Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Vancouver dancer and model Mahafsoun. The very cool makeup was done by Gun Street Girl Makeup.

On a technical note – I used a Canon G9 camera with the WP-DC21 underwater housing, which allows me to use all the camera’s controls while underwater. It’s a popular camera for scuba divers too! It’s a little daunting to submerge the camera for the first time and hope that there are no leaks. So far, the housing has kept my camera safe and dry. For my next underwater shoot, I’m going to use an Olympus E-PL1 with the PT-EP01 underwater housing. I’m looking forward to testing it out!

Check out my previous underwater photoshoot for more photos and here are some tips for doing underwater photoshoots.

Model: Mahafsoun

Makeup: Gun Street Girl Makeup Artist

 

Vintage Portrait Photographs

September 9th, 2012 3 comments

I picked up some vintage photographs at an antique show last weekend. They were not in the greatest condition, but I liked the creases and wear that they have received over the years. The backs of the photographs were printed as postcards and some had information about the studios where they were taken. It looks like the photos date from the 1920′s to early 1930′s based on the fashions and information that I could find about the studios where they were taken.

One of the photographs was done by Jerome Ltd, a popular chain of studios in the UK. Here’s another link with some interesting information about Jerome Studios, including the types of cameras and film they used. There’s even a Flickr group for Jerome Studios.

I wasn’t able to find out much about the other photographs. A couple of them were done by D.R. Jones, Photo Artist, 92 Market St., Manchester and one was by Black & White Studios. Unfortunately, the other two do not name the photographer or studio.

I wonder who the people were who had their portraits taken almost 100 years ago, before World War II. Maybe someone will recognize an ancestor in one of the photos!

 

 

UV Photoshoot with Ruby Astell

September 3rd, 2012 2 comments

It’s been a while since I did a UV photoshoot. I recently teamed up with Meghan of  Meg’s War Paint, who has collaborated with me on blacklight photography projects before. I set up the UV Cannon and 4 fluorescent tubes for the shoot.

Model: Ruby Astell

Thanks also to Claire Karura for assisting during the shoot!

Here’s my first black light cinemagraph as well!

 

Check out some of my other black light photoshoots:

Dark Corners of the Mind

Native American Black Light

 

Street Photography

August 25th, 2012 3 comments

I just finished a 12 week street photography course at Langara College, taught by Jim Balderson. It was great shooting outdoors in  Vancouver in the summer!

It’s a major change from studio photography – it’s more about observation than creating the image. Instead of models, sets, makeup artists and controlled lighting, I photographed random people and worked with the light and environment on the street. I found it was a great way to practice composition and just get out and have fun shooting.

Most of the time, I used an Olympus Pen E-PL1 because it’s light and not as conspicuous as a DSLR, allowing me to take candid photos without attracting too much attention. I tried to capture images where people were involved in what they were doing and not posing for the camera.

Here’s a selection of the photos that I took during course. I’m looking forward to getting out and doing more street photography in the future!

 

Underwater Photoshoot

July 27th, 2012 2 comments

It’s been a while since I did an underwater shoot. It’s usually too cold in Vancouver, so an indoor pool works best. Luckily, Jeanine of Gun Street Girl Makeup hooked me up with a perfect location. So we got together and tested it out! We threw a couple of models in and they were amazing – and it’s tough work modelling underwater. Luckily they could not only swim, but pose while underwater. I’m looking forward to more underwater shoots in the near future. Thanks to Genevieve Clements and Shazmin Hussein for the great modelling work!

Aurora & Genevieve Part 2

July 14th, 2012 No comments

Here are more photos from the shoot with Aurora and Genevieve. See Part 1 here.

The idea for the shoot was to have two models – one Asian and one Caucasian - and have slightly over-the-top asian makeup based on the style of Chinese opera makeup. We shot on location at the Spectral Theatre, unhealthy which was a great place for the shoot. We used both the stage and dressing room areas. I loved the creepy sci-fi and horror props that were stored in the theatre, sildenafil which inspired more ideas for future shoots!

Makeup: Tessa Mitz

Aurora & Genevieve Part 1

July 9th, 2012 No comments

Here’s the first of a series featuring models Aurora and Genevieve with Chinese opera-style makeup by Tessa Mitz.

Rainbow and Lace Photoshoot

May 25th, 2012 No comments

I’m fortunate to have worked with many amazingly talented people in Vancouver, including makeup artists, hair stylists, models, photographers, stylists and designers. It’s a great pleasure to have the opportunity to collaborate and create beautiful images with such talented people!

Here are some photos from a recent photoshoot with model Lily and makeup artist Mika - both of whom are beautiful, talented and great to work with!

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Lily and Lace

Lily and Lace

Rainbow Eye

Lily White

Fashion Designs by Von Monica Couture

April 30th, 2012 4 comments

Monica Fraser, the head designer of Von Monica Couture, contacted me to photograph two of her designs. I had previously photographed her beautiful peacock motif collection, and love her work. Each piece is hand-made, meticulously designed, one-of-a-kind clothing. There’s a story behind each one — the fabric, the inspiration and the work that goes into each detail.

Danyella Angel was gorgeous in the leopard print top, black dress and makeup by Kym Davidson. A special thanks to Mika of  The Studio By Mika Does Makeup for hosting us during the makeup and hair styling!

It was a pleasure to work with such talented people. We were also fortunate to have a beautiful Spring day – a rarity in April in rainy Vancouver!

Sugar Skull Inspired Makeup

April 10th, 2012 No comments

Here are some photos from a recent shoot with Blanche MacDonald student makeup artist Hannah Journey. The beautiful makeup was inspired by the sugar skull imagery from the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Thanks also to Carole Méthot, tadalafil who is also a makeup artist, for the awesome modeling work!

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